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Columbia: Global Health Justice and Governance to Co-Host Women’s Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is co-hosting with the Global Fund for Women a session on the intersection of reproductive health and climate justice at The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise. Ms. Terry McGovern, founding director of global health justice and governance at Columbia and chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia Mailman School, will moderate the panel “Environment For Justice: Following the Leadership of Grassroots Women at the Intersection of Reproductive + Climate Justice” on November 13. Ms. McGovern will present an overview and lead the panel on a discussion of grassroots women working at the forefront of environmental and climate justice, including the challenges and importance of funding women’s grassroots collective action.

The Global Health Justice and Governance Program at Columbia brings together scientists, legal scholars, and policy experts across the University to address human rights violations faced by children and adolescents, women, forced migrants, and those disproportionately affected by violence and trauma. Ms. McGovern, who has successfully litigated cases against the federal, state and local governments to expand human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related disability criteria focuses her research on health and human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health, gender justice, and environmental justice.

Dr. Micaela Martinez, Columbia Mailman School assistant professor of environmental health sciences, an infectious disease ecologist, is a member of the panel. Dr. Martinez has a particular interest in the impact of biological rhythms on disease and focuses her work on understanding the drivers that shape seasonality in infectious disease systems.

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